Google Moves End-To-End Email Encryption Project To GitHub
from the good-to-see dept
Back in June we wrote about Google’s “End-to-End” project to enable full (real) end-to-end encryption in email via a Chrome extension. For years now, we’ve been among those arguing that Google should actually offer end-to-end encryption by default (which would make the company unable to read your emails). This isn’t going that far, but making it much easier for individuals to truly encrypt their own emails (without any backdoors for the email provider) is definitely a big step forward. So it’s good to see that the company has now moved the project to GitHub, and that Yahoo’s Chief Security Officer, Alex Stamos, has been contributing to the project as well. Having two of the biggest webmail providers working together on an open source system for better encrypting emails end-to-end is a huge win for privacy and security. The project is still in its early days, and Google warns that it’s not yet ready to release the extension in the Chrome Web Store, but it’s great that things are moving forward. Of course, for those of you who can’t wait, there already some extensions like Mailvelope that are pretty easy to use (though, some worry are not quite as secure as other options).